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French Toast with Caramelized Bananas
French Toast breakfast casseroles, in the Steam Baking Mode, are delicious, easy to make and best of all it's a great way to discreetly use up berries, apples or bananas. Since the bread has to absorb the liquid before baking you can even make the casserole the day before and just pop in the oven the next morning.
1 - loaf unsliced challah bread or white sandwich loaf
2 - cups whole milk
6 - large eggs
¼ - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - cup thinly sliced almonds, toasted
2 - large ripe bananas, peeled and cut into ½” thick rounds
2 - tablespoons unsalted butter
2 - tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat the oven Convection + Steam Mode or Combi Mode - 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a large baking dish, that will fit in your steam oven.
Melt the butter and sugar in a medium sized skillet over moderate heat, when the sugar has melted stir in the bananas and cook gently until the bananas have softened slightly.
Shave the crust from the bread without taking too much of the bread away and cut into 1” thick slices. Lay ½ of the bread slices into the baking dish, cutting the slices to fit snuggly.
Spread the cooked bananas over the bread and top with the rest of the bread slices.
Whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a large measuring jug and pour over the bread pushing the bread down so that it is submerged.
Top with the sliced almonds and let stand for 40 minutes to an hour or overnight before baking.
Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
Serves 6 - 8
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2 cups cream or half and half
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise OR 1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
5 egg yolks (large eggs)
1/2 cup sugar
Additional sugar for caramelizing
Heat the Steam oven in the Convection Steam Mode at 220F (104C)
Combine the cream, vanilla bean and salt in a heavy pan and cook over low heat until hot. Remove from the heat and let it steep for a few minutes before discarding the vanilla bean.
Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until light. Stir a quarter of the cream into the mixture then pour the sugar-egg mixture into the cream and stir.
Place 6, 4-oz ramekins in the Steam oven perforated pan or onto a rimmed baking sheet and fill each one with the prepared custard. Slide the pan into the oven and cook for 40 - 50 minutes until the custards are set. Cool the custards before refrigerating for at least 6 hours prior to serving.
To Serve the Custard
Adjust the top rack in the oven so the ramekins will sit 2 - 3" below the heating element.
Heat the oven in the Broil Mode at 450F (232C) or on Medium for 5 minutes.
Place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar in a thin layer over each ramekin. Slide into the oven and cook for about 5 minutes until the sugar melts.